A once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape the conversation on child sexual abuse.

Who We Are

The National Centre is a symbol of hope and an essential vehicle for action for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

Our vision is for a community where children are safe and victims and survivors are supported to heal and recover, free of stigma and shame – a future without child sexual abuse.

Why We’re Here

Across Australia, one in three girls and one in five boys have experienced some form of child sexual abuse before the age of 18.*
1 in 3
GIRLS
1 in 5
BOYS

These are alarming statistics that must be addressed now. For too long, children have not been believed, while victims and survivors have had to live with secrecy, silence and shame.

To have the best opportunity to heal, victims and survivors must feel safe to disclose and receive the necessary support that is non-stigmatising, appropriate to their needs and effective.

Our purpose is to disrupt the dynamics that have failed to stop child sexual abuse from occurring, and prevented victims and survivors from being validated and supported.

*Australian Childhood Maltreatment Study, 2023

The National Centre is a not a support service. If you require help or support please click here.

What We Do

The National Centre has a specific mandate to:

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Support and promote strategic research and address knowledge gaps on the issue of child sexual abuse
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Build the capability of workforces through usable resources, promote best practice, and provide education and training
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Reduce stigma and undertake awareness raising activities

Stories to the forefront

One child is a tragedy, millions of children are a statistic. It’s important that people hear the stories and the individual outcomes.
The National Centre partners with victims and survivors; valuing their knowledge, experiences and their stories. The quote above is from one of our three advisory panels, which inspired a big part of our rebrand.

Help and Support

If you or a child is in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000).

If you want to talk to someone about child sexual abuse or need support, you can contact one of these services:
If you need to report child abuse, search for ‘child abuse’ in your state or territory.

Lifeline
13 11 14

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 

13YARN
13 92 76

24 hours a day, 7 days a week
A culturally safe crisis support line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

 

1800RESPECT
1800 737 732

24 hours a day, 7 days a week
For people impacted by sexual assault, domestic and family violence and abuse

 

Blue Knot Helpline and Redress Support Service
1300 657 380

9am-5pm, 7 days a week
For adults impacted by childhood trauma including child sexual abuse

 

Kids Helpline
1800 55 1800

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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